Food safety and animal health inspection programme for the EFTA States for 2007

The EFTA Surveillance Authority's food safety and animal health inspection programme for 2007 includes 10 inspections to two of the EFTA States (Norway and Iceland). The time schedule for the inspections in the second half of the year will be decided during April 2007 when the programme will be reviewed. It should be noted that amendments to the programme might be made during the year.

Most of the planned inspections in 2006 are in Norway as Chapters I (veterinary issues) and II (feedingstuffs) of Annex I to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (the EEA Agreement) and Chapter XII (foodstuffs) of Annex II to the Agreement are applicable for Norway. Liechtenstein has a permanent derogation from Chapter I of Annex I, while for Iceland only the legislation on fish and fishery products (in Chapter I of Annex I) is applicable. Consequently, the number of inspections is lower for these two EFTA States.

Furthermore, due to possible changes in the EEA Agreement for Liechtenstein in the near future, missions have not been planned for that country in 2007. However, due to the possible future changes in the EEA Agreement for Iceland, the Authority intends to carry out two training missions to Iceland in 2007 in fields foreseen to be applicable to Iceland in the future.

Although not listed in the inspection programme, participation by the Authority's inspectors in the European Commission's Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) missions to the EU Member States form an important part of the Authority's inspection activities. Inspectors from the FVO will also be invited to participate in inspections to the EFTA States.


Figure 1  Inspection programme for the first half of 2007[1]

EFTA State Field Legislation (indicative) Period
Iceland Border inspection posts Council Directive 97/78/EC and Council Directive 91/496/EEC Week 4
  Residues – training mission Council Directive 96/23/EC Week 9
Liechtenstein -    
Norway General review mission   Week 3
  Border inspection posts Council Directive 97/78/EC and Council Directive 91/496/EEC Week 12
  Salmonella monitoring programme   Week 17


Figure 2  Inspection programme for the second half of 2007
[2]

EFTA State Field Legislation (indicative) Period
Iceland Potable water Council Directive 98/83/EC 1 week
  Fresh meat and poultry meat – training mission   1 week
Liechtenstein   -    
Norway Fishery products and bivalve molluscs Council Directive 91/492/EEC and Council Directive 91/493/EEC 1 week
  Potable water Council Directive 98/83/EC 1 week


[1] The scheduled time for the inspections might be amended.

[2] Time schedule to be decided in April 2007.




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